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  • VIDEO: Bayern Munich celebrate their 115th birthday with greatest moments compilation

    It's Bayern's birthday and this video shows just how big a club the German giants are.

    Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have celebrated their 115th birthday by posting a compilation of the club's greatest moments on Youtube.

    The Bavarian side were founded on Shrove Tuesday, 27 February 1900 and went from 200 members to becoming the 'world's biggest sports club' as their official website claims:

    "Bayern are the world’s biggest sports club by membership with a roll in excess of 250,000 members, with more than 3,800 official fan clubs all over the world. The club also posted record turnover of €528 million last year".

    Since the turn of the millennium Bayern have won the Bundesliga

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  • Why Chelsea will be fine without Nemanja Matic against Tottenham

    WhoScored.com take a look ahead to Sunday's Wembley showdown and ask what impact the loss of Nemanja Matic will have on Chelsea's hopes.

    Nemanja Matic will be missing at WembleyNemanja Matic will be missing at Wembley

    Sunday afternoon sees this season's first real battle for silverware take place as London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup final. WhoScored.com take a look ahead to the Wembley showdown, focusing on what has become the main talking point following Nemanja Matic's dismissal against Burnley last time out.

    The Serbian's subsequent absence through suspension this weekend has led many to believe that Tottenham could be in with a great shout of replicating their victory over the Blues in the final of the League Cup in 2008.

    The most recent meeting between the two

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  • Carl Frampton says world title opponent's mother threw freshly-chewed gum at him

    Belfast's IBF super-bantamweight champion set for heated defence on home turf.

    Top-class British boxing returns to terrestrial television screens tomorrow when Belfast's Carl Frampton defends his IBF super-bantamweight championship of the world against Chris Avalos.

    Frampton is on course to equal, if not surpass, the popularity of his mentor Barry McGuigan - not only in their native Northern Ireland but across Britain with the exposure this fight will receive.

    With the warrior mentality of Avalos, this cannot fail to be an all action encounter for any lapsed boxing fans and, hopefully, curious newcomers to get their teeth into.

    Frampton and Avalos continued boxing's

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  • Beat the Beast : All change for Adebayo Akinfenwa ahead of Fantasy Football Week 27

    The Capital One Cup final means two fewer games this week, a lot of changes and a few interesting choices for our Fantasy expert.

    Burnley's Danny Ings celebrates after scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England, October 26, 2014.Burnley's Danny Ings celebrates after scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England, October 26, 2014.

    With Spurs, Chelsea, QPR and Leicester City not in Premier League action this weekend, there are 8 matches as opposed to 10 in Gameweek 27. This, combined with big games between Arsenal and Everton, and Liverpool v Manchester City means a lot of very tough decisions for ‘The Beast’

     

    Beast the Beast - Week 27Beast the Beast - Week 27

    “The game is getting tougher every week and this is the first week I haven’t been 100% on my team. It’s not got my stamp on it, so fingers crossed it comes good” says Akinfenwa.

    “I had a big week last time round but with the fixtures this time round, I’ve needed to make a few changes”. He’s not wrong, this week

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  • The perception problem: Why Sam Allardyce doesn't get the credit he deserves

    Thore Haugstad says Sam Allardyce is a much misunderstood manager because critics can't see past the long-ball caricature which has weighed him down.

    Sam Allardyce: A man misunderstoodSam Allardyce: A man misunderstood

    Sam Allardyce's uncultured persona has long put a glass ceiling on his ambitions. In 2012, he said: “I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called Allardicii, just Allardyce.” It was a tongue-in-cheek remark, but the Italian alias has doubled up as a facetious antidote to his abiding frustrations. By 2013, the sign on his office door read: ‘Ufficio Del Direttore (Manager’s Office); Signor Sam Allardicii.’

    The unflattering portrayal of Allardyce as a long-ball merchant is so entrenched into the public consciousness that any discussion about what it represents has become

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  • What Eden Hazard can learn from Christian Eriksen

    Squawka delve into the stats to compare two key protagonists ahead of the Capital One Cup final.

    Eden Hazard: What can he learn from Christian Eriksen?Eden Hazard: What can he learn from Christian Eriksen?

    Squawka says Eden Hazard can only truly become a great player when he begins to take a leaf out of Sunday's opponent Christian Eriksen's book.

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    Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday afternoon at Wembley, with the season's first piece of prestigious silverware up for grabs.

    Spurs stunned the Blues at White Hart Lane in early 2015, running out 5-3 victors after a thrilling encounter between the two sides. But Chelsea beat them earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, and it's going to be an extremely tough game to call.

    It will certainly be a chance for

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  • England's week of shame, and what it says about the Premier League

    Jim White says the Premier League has been exposed this week in Europe.

    It has not been a good week in Europe for English clubsIt has not been a good week in Europe for English clubs

    Well, that was a sobering week of European football for English clubs. Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, four of the top seven in the Premier League, all beaten; two definitely out and two clinging on by a thinning thread after being defeated in their home legs.

    With Chelsea still having a tricky obstacle to overcome in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain, only Everton have made definite progress. Which is not what you would describe as the finest endorsement for the current health of the world’s most commercially robust football league. You can bet Richard Scudamore won’t be

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  • Lotus's new driver breaks internet - and not because she's wearing black and blue

    Lotus's new test driver is 26, has experience in several lower-level race series, and will have a chance to shine behind the wheel of an F1 car. She's also a woman.

    Carmen Jorda (Pic: Virage Racing)Carmen Jorda (Pic: Virage Racing)

    The Lotus F1 team announced on Thursday night that they had signed a new development driver.

    Nothing particularly newsworthy there, you might think. F1 teams bring in new drivers all the time to give them a chance to show their potential with a few laps of testing here and there.

    And in Lotus's case, the 26-year-old driver had most of the right credentials: experience in GP3, a stint in America's Indy Lights series and so on.

    But the internet went bananas. Not quite as crazy as if she'd been wearing *THAT* blue and black / white and gold dress, but pretty close.

    And it's all because Carmen

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  • VIDEO: 15-year-old Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson shows off superb footwork

    Arsenal have high hopes for their latest homegrown teenage starlet - 15-year-old winger Reiss Nelson.

    Arsenal's Hale End academy system has undergone something of a revamp in the past year.

    The club's new Head of Academy Andries Jonker, who has experience of working alongside Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, is in charge of bringing through the next generation of youngsters at Arsenal.

    Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Ashley Cole are just a few homegrown players who have made it into the first team under Arsene Wenger's tenure but this video shows there may be a new kid on the block.

    15-year-old Reiss Nelson is an England U16 international who is considered one of the biggest

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  • Good week, bad week: 50 Shades of Barry Bannan

    Nick Miller casts his eye over the week in football, with Barry Bannan hailed for his cinematic exploits and Dunkin' Donuts left red-faced.

    GOOD WEEK

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Can you imagine a more inevitable thing than Dimitar Berbatov scoring against Arsenal? And, can you imagine a funnier thing, for most people apart from Arsenal fans, than Dimitar Berbatov scoring against Arsenal? "Arsenal are a good team, but we wanted the win more than them," Berbatov said after the game. "We were fighting all over the pitch, winning our challenges and scoring the goals... A team like Arsenal cannot allow themselves to underestimate a team like

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